Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XXIV

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: In the town where ground troops first met in battle during the Civil War (Manassas, VA or Bull Run for you northerners) another battle is looming. Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) held a press conference yesterday proudly announcing that 160 “foreign nationals” (illegal aliens) were arrested. All was not joyful in the story however as local politicians reminded that ICE has a slushy record regarding detaining illegals even when they have criminal records.

“in Prince William County alone, Prince William authorities have turned over 3,000 criminal aliens to ICE in recent years, and ICE refuses to say whether those people were detained, deported or released back into the community.”

The sad news for conservatives is that Obama’s ICE seems to be doing more than Bush ever did…not enough, but much better.

Brief 2: Perhaps Karl Rove is finding life on the outside of the White House a little more fun and can be a thorn to those on the opposite side of the political spectrum. One of his organizations, Crossroads Global Policy Strategies, is suing the Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services over the granting of waivers (now over 1,000)to allow delays in complying with Obamacare. Crossroads requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act to determine how waivers decisions were made, but have not been given access to the documents. The money quote for me was from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington,

“It is incredibly ironic that Crossroads wants to (talk) about openness when they are highly secretive.”

The “secretive” Crossroads, however, is a private organization and is not required to be open while the federal government is required by law to be open.  That is a distinction with a difference.

Jamie Gorelick indicates the height of the pile of money she made as an officer at Fannie Mae

Brief 3: Fox News is reporting that Obama is considering former Clintonista, Jamie Gorelick, as a potential candidate to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If that name does not ring a bell it should. Ms. Gorelick is most famous for her “Wall that she created to prevent America’s intelligence/police agencies from sharing information. Many credit Gorelick’s Wall with facilitating the 911 attacks because the CIA, FBI, and police could not share information. Then she was placed on the panel of the 911 Commission where she could not be questioned about her role. Then she needed to boost her bank account and joined Fannie Mae and reportedly made a paltry $26 million at the troubled agency. Perhaps she’ll nominate Valerie Plame as her deputy.

Brief 4:  An important person has criticized the President for his unconstitutional use of force recently,

“I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee for 17 years or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers in Constitutional law. This is something I know. So I got together and brought a group of Constitutional scholars together to write a piece that I’m going to deliver to the whole Unites States Senate pointing out the President has no Constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him. The House obviously has to do that, but I would lead an effort to impeach him. The reason for my doing that, and I don’t say it lightly, I don’t say it lightly….” 

That senator was Joe Biden and the President to whom he was referring was George W. Bush as he contemplated attacking Iran.  Now that Biden is VP he, perhaps, forgot these words as he could very well be talking about his boss’ actions in Libya.  My educated guess is that he has had a change of heart.

Brief 5: The Ostroy Report (who claims to be “a fresh, aggressive voice for Democrats and a watchdog of the GOP/Tea Party”) wrote recently suggesting that ABC’s Bachelor/Bachelorette series are racist because they don’t feature enough minorities.   They have their nerve criticizing the network of The View!  Perhaps the network has studied the audience for these shows and have determined that the format/contestants are what the viewers want.  Some might call that good marketing.  I would suggest that Ostroy take a look at a network that features only black people call BET or MSNBC who only feature white people in their prime-time lineup. 

Brief 6:  Being the brilliant people they are, Obama’s White House has coined another term that is destined to reshape the English language.  Most of us would call military action where we shoot at them and they shoot back a war, but not this White House.  The Language Czar (okay there is no such official person) has deemed the “war” against Libya is not a “war,” but is a “kinetic military action.”  I don’t care what they call it, but I am concerned about the cost to school districts as they have to rename large portions of their history books. 

  • Revolutionary Kinetic Military Action
  • Kinetic Military Action of 1812
  • Civil Kinetic Military Action
  • World Kinetic Military Action I and II
  • Kinetic Military Action on Man-made Disasters for Overseas Contingency Operations

You get the picture.

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